Brewers Sign Jairo Asencio

The Brewers announced that they signed right-hander Jairo Asencio to a minor league deal that includes an invitation to Spring Training. Praver/Shapiro represents the reliever.

Asencio spent this past season pitching for the Indians and Cubs. He posted a 4.91 ERA with 6.5 K/9 and 4.2 BB/9 in 40 1/3 innings out of the bullpen. The Indians purchased him from the Braves this March and the Cubs claimed him off of waivers two months later.

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6 Comments on "Brewers Sign Jairo Asencio"

2 years 9 months ago

I like how the Brewers are attacking the bullpen. Sign a bunch of low cost, decent upside young guys to battle it out for a roster spot in spring training. No need to sign the top relievers for millions of dollars when a bunch of young guys will probably do nearly as well for near league minimum.

Devern Hansack
2 years 9 months ago

Agreed. I’d love to see more teams take a Rays-eque approach of buy-low contracts and upside arms.

2 years 9 months ago

I like this approach as well, but am a little nervous that all the guys they’re signing, while having good arms, have terrible walk rates and seemingly major control issues. That was a problem that plagued their bullpen last year with guys like Loe. Veras, K-Rod, Axford and Parra.

2 years 9 months ago

Um… looking at his numbers, what do they see in this guy?

2 years 9 months ago

Did you look at his AA and AAA numbers? If he can bring some of that success up to the majors, he could be a decent reliever out of the pen.

It’s not like the Brewers bullpen can get any worse from last year, so they might as well take a chance on developing this guy and the couple other guys like him that they have picked up.

2 years 9 months ago

Gotcha, so minor league numbers looked good.